The Pearl Of Africa

The Pearl of Africa is a new Swedish documentary that is set to have its world premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto.


In the documentary we follow trans activist Kambugu Cleopatra and her struggle to be accepted as a woman in one of the most trans-phobic countries, Uganda – a place where LGBT people are murdered, tortured and abused because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The project began as an international web series and has since made headlines worldwide. Unlike many films that explore themes relating to human rights, the film focuses on telling a universal love story. We follow Cleo and her boyfriend Nelson in their fight against getting love each other openly.

The documentary has been made by Jonny Von Wallström & Andre Wallström. 


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.